The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a premium of 0.65 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Tuesday, with turnover jumping to 132.438 million euros.

Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 29,096 contracts worth 108.999 million euros, with 29,881 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 55,681 contracts worth 23.439 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (10,376), followed by Eurobank (3,224), MIG (5,679), OTE (3,312), PPC (1,341), Piraeus Bank (6,582), Hellenic Exchanges (477), GEK (875), Alpha Bank (6,980), Intracom (1,890), Marfin Popular Bank (5,524), Intralot (541), Mytilineos (948), Cyprus Bank (1,597), Hellenic Petroleum (599), Hellenic Postbank (2,191) and ATEbank (1,272).

Foreign Exchange rates - Wednesday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.399

Pound sterling

0.874

Danish kroner

7.518

Swedish kroner

9.050

Japanese yen

113.29

Swiss franc

1.285

Norwegian kroner

7.977

Canadian dollar

1.388

Australian dollar

1.421